Mike Nagoda

Canadian Double Slide Guitarist
and Singer-Songwriter

Lyrics for Parliament

The Victor's Hymn

In summer's heat
In winter's cold
I take the young
I take the old

The newborn's cry
Is like poison to my ears
But upon that final breath
My name is revered

I am immortal
I am eternal
And by your votes
You've called my name

With bloodied ballots
And tongues of men
Thick words are wrought
The Hymn begins

The auger's eye
Has seen all that I bring
He speaks the words
And chants again

You bade me once
Now I come again
The portents known
To every man

Upon the hilltop
Where poppies once lay
I raise my blade
And ride again

A pale horse rides
Bid me welcome again

Parliament Got Bombed

Hold the presses
Have you heard the news
Coming on down from the Hill now?

6 PM, and a tragedy's struck
And nobody knows what to do now

The distinguished Member
From the southern riding
Well he bombed the whole place to Hell
 
Confused and distraught
In the middle of confrontation
He pushed the button 
'Whole place fell

Parliament got bombed tonight
And now the nation's alight
The people run in fright
Yeah Parliament's been bombed tonight

And in the aftermath
Five hours in the present
The press has no more words to say

Loss of Dogma
Has lead to moral decay
But at least we all still got Faith

And as the ashes get hit by the moonlight
The crowd does gather and declare:

That we are strong,
Completely united
And the sulfur rises up through the air

Oh Parliament got bombed tonight
And now the nation's alight
The people stand to fight
'Cause Parliament's been bombed tonight

Path of Needles

Went down that path of needles
Walked until my feet bled
Saw the signposts and the people
Went on up to the city ahead

I came onto its black burned gates
Saw the sight before my eyes
I knew then it was too late
So I shook my head and began to cry

Well we've all been conned so very long 
By the Left and the Right
And folks are wondering why we're dead inside
You'll rock the vote, you'll make a change
Well it's all just a lie
But I hope that we can get through the night

At the crack of dawn the very next day
Well I found the rifle between my eyes
The Boys in Green had come to stay
So I got on up and passed them by

Blue Chip, Green Chip, Orange, Red
We rolled the dice and cracked a smile
But we weren't laughing very long
When they took our rights and hung 'em high!

Well we've all been conned so very long 
By the Left and the Right
And folks are wondering why we're dead inside
You'll rock the vote, you'll make a change
Well it's all just a lie
But I hope that we can get through the night

Went down that path of needles
Walked until our hearts bled

Running Man

You go to the cinema
See the bodies fill the seats
Caught up in claustrophobia
You can't get no relief

While driving on the motorway
Tanks and dead men pass you by
Saw their photos on the front page
You wish you were so high

Is there any solitude
For those of us who've lived the lie
Kept warm by our bedsides
And shrouded from the night?

Is there any hope left
For a country left to die?
Knowing no answers
We ran straight through the night

Pulitzer ink and muddied tracks
Fill your mind with unwanted facts
You only wanted to just pull back
And take a look at those snowshoe tracks

You read through the magazines
Glossy photos, a life too clean
Mountains of green and copper gleam
Too much silver for the screen

Is there any hope left
For a crypt now shrouded in lies
Cared over by vermin
And kept from our sight?

Is there redemption
For a people left to die?
Knowing no answers
I ran right straight through the night

Radio Waves

In the darkness of the forest
In the shelter of the night
I picked up signals to my relief

My short wave had come upon
A once abandoned station
That confirmed both my fears and beliefs

You cry for freedom?
It's been a long time
You thirst for justice?
It's been a long time

By the light of the moon
We have learned the hidden truth
Backdoor deals and setups
Reeled the catch in, made us fools
When the bomb went off
And the Hill burst into flame
How could we have known 
That we'd been played once again?

A conspiracy unmasked
Backed by many politicians
But the signal is now suddenly cut

In the darkness of the night
I know that I have to fight
And pay with every drop of my blood

I cry for freedom
I know it's my time
I thirst for justice
I know it's my time

By the light of the moon
I have learned the secret truth
Backdoor deals and setups
Won't make me a fool
When the bomb goes off
And the Hill bursts into flame
Then they'll know 
That two can play the game

Redemptor Aquilonis

Black smoke across the 401
Piles of bodies soaked by the sun
A drenched stench rises on the highway
A rotting tomb in a blood soaked haze

Toronto is burning to dust in the ground
Legalized chaos, no order is found
Gerrard is on fire and Queen is in flames
The hopeless now wonder who is to blame

But now I'm riding fast with the wind
Upon the Hill I have justice to bring
Ottawa will hear the downtrodden sing

I hear news that Quebec is no more
Swallowed up in treachery, sold like a whore
Masses of people now unwilling slaves
Soon to labour and sleep in their graves

B.C. is lost, the Maritimes are drowned
The Prairies are chaff and the North can't be found
Alberta's a warzone, Montreal is the same
And at Nunavut they douse old in flame

I swear I won't be taken to your 'summer camps'
Where you process the young as meat for the fold
I swear you won't take me in now
I'll burn you alive, let the legends be told

I am this country's Messiah
I am the bringer of righteous flame
I am the Great North's salvation
I'll see your Parliament burn
I'll see the Hill in flames

In principio erat nihil
Nihil sed sanguinis
Et ex sanguine venit Redemptor
Redemptor Aquilonis

Ecce, ecce, gloria nobis
Ecce, ecce. Aquilonis
Ecce, ecce, mors tyrannis
Ecce, ecce, Aquilonis 
Ecce, ecce, salus nobis    

Ecce, ecce!

Ecce homo!

In the beginning there was nothing
Nothing but blood
And from [that] blood came the Redeemer
The Redeeemer of the North

Behold, behold, our glory
Behold, behold, the North
Behold, behold, death for the tyrants
Behold, behold, the North
Behold, behold, our salvation

Behold, behold!

Behold the man!

In Memoria

Saw the Generals on the Hill
Behind walls and chalk white lines
The boundaries laid, the war raged on
We passed the time

In summer the heat took our young
In winter the Boys took our old
All gone and lost forever
We watched as the cards began to fold 

With a watchful eye
I crept up to the Hill
Eyed the sentries
And enacted my will
A cloud of smoke
A crack to the neck
I slipped in and caused outright havoc

Bodies dropped to the floor
As blood ran down my face
The sweat clouding my vision
I kept on moving at a steady pace

A flash to the neck
Another one dropped
I smiled, sweating,
Smelling sweet, sweet rot

Kicked in the doors 
And the Members rose to their feet 
A mob of conspirators
Every eye I did meet
I raised my bloodied hand
Which held that crimson blade
Broke their silence
And set the chamber aflame

When the cock had crowed, O Peter,
Did you know whom you had denied?
When you kissed that cheek, O Judas,
Did you know whom you had betrayed?
Never lost, in memoria, never lost, in nostra memoria,
We expose your crimes and find you wanting

Ego sum primordium universitatis
Et ego sum mors universitatis
Eram ibi in principio, 
Despectans omnia oculo caeco temporis
Amixi vos, pavi vos et perlui vos
Et hoc modo vos mihi vestras gratias agetis?
Ardete, ardete cum cetero mundi!
Ardete ignibus gelatoris Gehennae
Et scite, nunc, me esse vestrum Deum!
   
I am the birth of the universe
And I am the death of the universe
I was there in the beginning,
Surveying all with the blind eye of time
I clothed you, fed you and bathed you
And this is how you show your thanks?
Burn, burn with the rest of the world!
Burn with the frozen fires of Gehenna
And know, now, that I am your God!

Parliament Got Bombed (Reprise)

Rideau Hall is burning
And Parliament's in flames
Smoke is dancing in the air
Seems I've won the game

And the Members lie in state tonight
All pawns in my game
Took 'em down with a blessed touch
Now they're all wreathed in flame

Parliament got bombed tonight
Now we've won back our rights
Yeah the nation's alight
Parliament got bombed tonight

And there's fire burning my body
And smoke all in my eyes
And there's blood all around me
I know it's my time 	

I am now a witness
As I look down from the sky
The sight now unfolding
Before my very eyes

But the people are in shambles
Seems I've caused them too much pain
I see that pale horse on the hilltop
And I know who's won the game

Parliament got bombed tonight
Now we've lost all our rights
Now the nation's alight
Yeah Parliament got bombed tonight

Parliament got bombed tonight
Yeah and now we've lost all our rights

Parliament got bombed tonight